North Norfolk firefighters celebrate anniversary of life saving project

Firefighters from Lowestoft south fire station are another unit involved in the pilot. Pictured: Mel

Firefighters from Lowestoft south fire station are another unit involved in the pilot. Pictured: Mel Buck, Tom Pennington and Andy Patching with paramedic Fraser Farthing. - Credit: Nick Butcher

North Norfolk's fire and ambulance services are celebrating a year-long partnership which has seen more than 400 pateints' lives saved across the county.

A pilot project was launched a year ago which saw Norfolk firefighters and the East of England ambulance service working together to treat the most critically ill patents across the county.

Firefighters from North Walsham and Sheringham have been involved in the project, and have attended some of the 405 medical emergency call outs which have flooded in from across Norfolk the past year.

Wendy Risdale-Barrs, EEAST Co-responding Regional Lead, said: 'This milestone is a testament to the excellent collaborative work in Norfolk between our emergency services. I would like to pay tribute to everyone for getting behind the scheme since day one which has made a significant impact on the lives of many.'

She continued: 'Every second counts when someone is in cardiac arrest and getting someone there quickly doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and equipped with a defibrillator greatly increases the chances of survival.'


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Firefighters are trained in basic life support and equipped with defibrillators and the Trust is providing on-going training to those taking part in the trial.

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